John H. Currie
57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 126
(613) 562-5800 Ext. 3289
Professor Currie teaches or has taught public international law, the use of force by states, the law of armed conflict, torts, constitutional law, and legal research and writing. He has won several awards for his teaching. He has also designed and taught courses on the theory and practice of public international law for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and for Queen's University's International Studies Centre (UK). He holds degrees in law from the Universities of Ottawa and Cambridge and in astrophysics from the University of Toronto. He has been a member of the Bar of Ontario since 1992.
Professor Currie's research interests include the domestic reception of international law, international criminal law, extraterritorial exercises of jurisdiction by states, the use of force in international relations, international humanitarian law, and maritime boundary delimitation. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Public International Law, 2nd edition (Irwin Law, 2008) and International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory (Irwin Law, 2007). He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Yearbook of International Law/Annuaire canadien de droit international, which won the 2013 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.
Professor Currie was a litigator in private practice for several years before joining the University of Ottawa in 1997. He has been President of the Canadian Council on International Law as well as Scholar-in-Residence in the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He has appeared at all levels of Canadian courts and has represented Canada before a number of UN and other international bodies, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. In 2010, he was a member of the Canadian delegation to the first Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda.
Professor Currie is a member of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and an adjunct research professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He is also a member of both the Senate and Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, and sits on the Joint Committee of the Senate and Board (which decides on such matters as faculty applications for tenure and promotion).